Our Creators are a very talented and prolific bunch, and our inbox is always cluttered with alerts of new remixes and mashups from the incredible DJs and producers in our line-up. We just couldn’t keep these fresh new tunes to ourselves because, after all, filesharing is caring. Here are our top picks from the past week.
Berlin-based electronic/techno group Jeans Team coined their name from an abandoned neon sign they found hanging in a secondhand shop, and decided to adopt the name to “fill up” the “empty” logo with new content. Apparently, they’re pretty big in Europe… Peaches covered their hit single “Keine Melodien” on her second album Teaches of Peaches. Oddly enough, Chinese console hacker Sulumi’s remix is smoother than the original version.
It’s been awhile since we’ve thought about the late “princess of R&B,” Aaliyah. In this mash-up, DJ Funkano takes French turntable instrumentalists Birdy Nam Nam‘s song “Poppy” and layers it with the Aaliyah track, tweaking her vocals (and that of Timbaland’s), adding in carefully placed effects and some dark guitar stylings. Pitchfork put the Grammy-nominated song at number 8 on their list of the Top 200 Tracks of the 90s, and we think it’s impressive that Birdy Nam Nam’s influence could make this song transcend decades.
Just to make sure we’re covering all our bases, here’s a song for all you club-goers out there. Remix powerhouse Diplo leaves Jamican musician Mavado’s vocals alone, choosing instead to “bring out the wobbles and a serious synth line,” according to Mad Decent. Play this one while pre-gaming, and you might just run into this mystical Delilah character.
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“Decay” is part two of the three-part instrumental Heart trilogy off Neon Indian’s sophomore album Era Extraña due out September 13th. Is Neon Indian coming to a city near you? Check out their fall tour dates here.